Study Shows Cannabis Treatment Could Benefit Chemotherapy Patients
9News reported an Australian study conducted by researchers at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse determined a 14 to 25 percent reduction in chemotherapy side effects in patients who’d used cannabis capsules. The drug contained a 1:1 THC to CBD ratio and helped with chemo side effects, including nausea and vomiting.
The trial involved 80 patients, revealing the cannabis capsules offered significantly higher levels of symptom improvement when compared to the placebo.
Associate Professor Peter Grimison, a medical oncologist at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, said, “An extra one in 10 people had control of nausea and vomiting, so it had improved from 14 percent to 25 percent.
Through this study, the mission was to determine if cannabis could effectively treat cancer patients for chemotherapy symptoms. While the treatment helps cancer patients, it’s intense and severe on the body.
Dr. Antony Mersiades, a research fellow at NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, explained, “This was a placebo-controlled trial so nobody knew who was getting what until the end.”
Even with other medications available, one in three cancer patients experience vomiting, and around half suffer from nausea. But the capsules have been proven beneficial.
While one in three patients in the trial reported feeling dizzy, disoriented, and drowsy, the side-effects brought on by the cannabis did not deter them from their enthusiasm for the treatment.
Dr. Grimison explained, “More than four in five patients said they preferred having cannabis despite some side-effects because they had better control of nausea and vomiting.”
Harry Freeman, a 32-year-old subject, was given the capsules during his last round of chemotherapy for testicular cancer. While the cannabis pills made him tired, he found he could tolerate the treatment better. He’s quoted saying, “That was definitely the best cycle out of the three.”
Will cannabis become the norm for coping with the harsh side effects of chemotherapy? This study seems promising.